Lost Frenchie Returns Home After 8 Years

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Eros was only a puppy when her owner, Mathilde, lost him. Little Eros owes this heartwarming reunion to social media and to an electronic identification microchip. For both Mathilde and Eros, a decade after the disappearance, this reunion is a true miracle.

Being confronted with the death of your dog can cause a state of depression. Time ends up softening the pain, even if it can affect owners for the rest of their lives. This is exactly what Mathilde went through in 2010, after she lost her white and black French bulldog named Eros, in Dordogne, a department in southwest France. At that time, she did everything in her power to find baby Eros, but she eventually stopped looking for him as more years passed. Then, nothing until last December, when she recognized her Frenchie on Facebook posts for the adoption of fourteen Chihuahuas and a black and white Frenchie named Tyson.

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Two years earlier, a clandestine Chihuahua breeder had fled his farm and is now into the wild after local police began investigating him. Last month, in mid-January, this little black and white French bulldog was found in Dordogne about 1-hour drive away from Mathilde’s home. The Frenchie along with fourteen Chihuahuas was found at a lady’s house who, last December, collected them and kept them safe in her house. The dogs all came from a clandestine breeding farm run by one of her neighbors, who has since disappeared.

Even though their relationship is not yet established, this woman has decided to take care of the dogs. However, she recently suddenly fell ill. Knowing that she had the obligation to be hospitalized, she thus contacted the French ASPCA so the non-profit could take care of all Chihuahuas, and Eros.

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The French ASPCA, which has accepted all of them, began a process of looking and following identification searches using microchips. Out of the 15 dogs, the detector rang only twice: the first time for one of the Chihuahuas who was stolen four years ago near Bordeaux, and the second ring was for Eros aka Tyson. His chip then was bearing the personal information of the hospitalized lady.

Thanks to social media, it was at the end of December that Mathilde had wind of the case and recognized her dog on one of many posts on Facebook. She was certain that it was her baby Eros. She then called the French ASPCA by saying that she believed the French bulldog belonged to her. There were exchanges of photos, details on the dog that matched and more importantly, a new search was performed on Eros. A second chip was finally found in the Frenchie, with Mathilde’s information! It was him! Ten years after she lost her baby, she was coming to pick him up, take him home and they could be reunited again.

With the help of a great community who shared the information on social media and thanks to the vigilance of her owner who never lost hope, Eros, renamed since Tyson is back in his real family today, 8 years after, and he could not be happier.

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Since then, all the Chihuahuas have also been adopted.

 

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5 Signs You Love Your Frenchie More Than People

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For many of us, our Frenchies are true members of our families and we often prefer being with them to being with humans.  It is not surprising that we love our dogs as much as our loved ones, and in some cases, even more.

We have gathered a few signs we think prove that you like your Frenchie more than you like other people who you share your life with:

 

#1 When you have a rough day, only your Frenchie can make you smile.

 

After a long day interacting with coworkers, bosses or customers, sometimes, the last thing we would want to do is to meet other human beings. And while it’s great to spend time with family and friends, nothing EVER seems to make you happier than discovering your Frenchie’s sweet and loving face.

 

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#2 You sometimes do not hear your alarm clock in the morning, but you are ready to jump out of your bed when it’s about your Frenchie.

 

When Frenchies sleep, they do everything like us humans: they dream, they snore, and they also hog the bed or blanket during the night, but more importantly, you always feel their presence and love surrounding the room. So, do not worry. When something is not right, you will feel it immediately.

 

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#3 You immediately reject invitations if you can’t bring your Frenchie

 

If your dog is not welcomed, you are not going: that’s your motto! You’re proud to have your Frenchie stealing all the attention like always, and if that’s a problem for someone, then you simply won’t be there. It also seems totally illogical to you that you have uncontrollable children running around, while your little Frenchie, is forced to stay at home, patiently waiting for you to come back.

 

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#4 You are afraid to move when your Frenchie falls asleep in your arms

 

Frenchies like cuddles and they love to be physically close to you and snuggle up against you. They will ALWAYS look for the perfect spot when you’re in a chair or sofa, and then they will slowly get into your lap for a quick, (often endless) nap..and because you are afraid to move, you end up falling asleep as well, sometimes in very weird positions.

The best advice is to never start because, if you play that game, you will lose every time. Guaranteed.

 

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#5 You’ve completely banned words like Walk or Park from your language to avoid false alarms.

 

If you decided to ban or spell out words like Park, Walk, Eat, Play etc. of your language to protects your Frenchie’s feelings, you are definitely in love with your Frenchie.

Contrary to popular belief, Frenchies have a good memory and react well to cues. They also love to play and go outside for short walks. They look insanely cute when they hear a magic word and start going crazy when they understand that they are about to go out.

We constantly pamper them and we cannot even imagine our life without them, and more importantly, we hate to disappoint them.

 

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You may or may not say it out loud, but as far as we are concerned, we understand your love completely. Frenchies are our best friends, our confidants, and the four-legged members of our families, and they have unconditional and everlasting love and faithfulness. They do not judge us, they are always happy to see us, and they never really disappoint us – even if sometimes they are not very wise, they always remain endearing.

We’re just loving them back.

 

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Where Does Leather Come From?

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Leather is an extremely popular material in the fashion and accessory industry. You’re probably more than familiar with how the leather looks and feels, but have you ever thought to ask where leather comes from or what leather is made of? To a layman, the answers to these questions can be shocking. That’s why we are committed to providing vegan leather products that do not have these horrific effects on the environment and living creatures.

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    What Is Conventional Leather Made Of?

    So, what is conventional leather made of, exactly? Leather comes from the skins of animals including pigs, cows, goats, kangaroos, alligators, and many more animals. While the different kinds of animals used to create leather might be surprising, the methods for manufacturing leather out of these animals is almost unfathomable to activists and animal lovers all over the world. Also, did you know that leather product are sometimes even made of the skins of domesticated animals like cats and dogs? People who purchase leather products could very well be unknowingly purchasing these items due to them being intentionally mislabeled or unlabeled. The leather industry is kept so well under wraps that consumers basically have to act on trust and ignorance alone.

    Factory farms are entirely focused on production and efficiency in order to maximize profits. This does not take into account animal welfare, so the animals in these facilities often suffer their entire lives.

    The Use Of Animals In Leather Making.

    Animals bred in factory farms for leather are often raised in unsanitary and inhumane conditions before being slaughtered for their skins using similarly cruel and nearly unspeakable methods. These practices are able to continue because of the large demand for leather across the world. Very few countries have strict laws regarding leather manufacturing and the laws that do exist are rarely enforced, according to PETA

    Because of this, these animals are often raised in cramped spaces with very little care. Because the leather industry is so demanding worldwide, these animals are illegally transported in trucks that are far over capacity. To skirt border laws, the animals are often dragged out of the trucks, walked across the border, and stuffed back into the trucks on the other side. Animals often die from this alone due to being mauled, gored, and trampled in the packed vehicles.

    Even less fortunately, the animals at the slaughterhouse are sometimes even mutilated and skinned while still alive and conscious. The animals who are not subjected to this torture have their throats cut with blades that are typically blunt and dull, so even this is a slow and painful process.

    Knowing leather comes from animals that are subjected to such heinous acts is almost always an unwelcome realization for consumers. Especially considering the fact that many of the animals used to make leather are considered highly intelligent, meaning they are more than aware of the conditions and torture they are subjected to. According to PETA, cows and pigs are problem solvers with advanced emotions and intelligence equal to human children. This means that the animals not only know what is likely going to happen to them, but they can feel pain, anguish, hopelessness, and fear up until the moment they are no longer living.

    This is all done for the benefit of humans who want to use the skins of these animals as clothing and accessories.

    Impact Of Leather Making On Our Environment.

    Among these horrors inflicted upon innocent and undeserving animals are the damages the leather industry causes to the environment. Because animals are raised on factory farms in massive numbers specifically for leather manufacturing and trade, it requires a vast amount of resources.

    These resources include feed and water, land area, and great amounts of natural, non-renewable fossil fuels which we already know can have catastrophic consequences to the environment. While human waste can be effectively treated at a waste treatment plant, the same cannot be said for the expensive waste created at industrialized factory farms.

    Now, the actual process from which leather comes from requires even more energy. Most people have no idea how animal skin is turned into leather. Again, the leather industry is more than happy to keep people in the dark about the methods they use, and for good reason. Not only is it damaging to animals and the environment, it’s bad for humans as well. In order to keep the massive industry alive, these terrible practices are allowed to remain hidden from the general public.

    Leather is made of animal skins and the process involves heavy use of chemicals to treat the skins. These dangerous chemicals include formaldehyde and others that are cyanide-based. The chrome-tanned leather creates waste that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers very hazardous. Individuals who work at tanneries or live in the nearby vicinities of tanneries are in close contact with these substances and can actually develop cancers and other fatal diseases simply from the exposure.

    It’s not just the air that gets polluted, either. The runoff from these plants pollutes water supplies all over the world.

    Independent farmers are also harmed by the leather industry because industrialized factory farms have a monopoly on different productions, preventing honest farmers from making a living raising livestock.

    Vegan Leather Is The New Leather.

    So, if you love the look and feel of leather, consider making the change to vegan leather products. Our dog collars are created without harming any animals and without releasing dangerous and extremely toxic substances into the air or the water. The more people who begin questioning the methods of the leather industry, the more ability we will have to make a change. Since leather is such a money maker, manufacturers care only about profits and not about the consequences the industry has on defenseless animals, unknowing workers, and our environment.

    The more consumers who start asking questions and showing concern, the more chances we will have of convincing governments all over the world to place strictly enforced laws and requirements on leather makers. And, if the demand for leather goes down, these companies will be forced to cut production. The rise of vegan leather will have so many huge benefits and we are happy to be your vegan dog collar provider.

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    Understanding French Bulldogs Colors

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    What are the different French Bulldog Coat Colors?

    The French Bulldog can come in a variety of different colors. It is all dependent on the genes in the family that is being bred on what colors the offspring will come out to be. The french bulldog colors which are the breed’s standard are brindle, fawn, white, cream, brindle and white.

    Brindle is typically described as a dark french bulldog color mixed with lighter colored hair mixed between, this coat color is a dominant gene. Fawn is usually described as a tan in color, it can range from light to dark, and is a recessive gene.  Cream is a warmer version of the white and both are recessive. These colors are approved by the FBDCA (French Bulldog Club of America) and the AKC (American Kennel Club) since they are not intentionally bred for money, and they do not meet the breed standards. Many Kennel clubs worldwide are beginning to adhere to this ruling as well.

    What the FBDCA describes as “fad”/rare french bulldog colors are black, chocolate, tan, blue, black and fawn, black and white, cream and white, fawn and black, fawn brindle and white, and gray and white. These “fad”/rare colors can be produced by traditionally colored French Bulldogs, but typically they are bred with a different gene pool to generate these “fad”/rare colors. The breeders of these “fad”/rare french bulldog colors tend to push and sell these puppies at an inflated price for the abnormality of the coat. These “fad”/rare colors, such as the black and white, can often be a dominant gene, which if that is the case, can push out all the other coat colors eventually. Yet, it is very important to note that these can lead to health issues with the French Bulldog as well.

    Explaining the different Frenchie Coat Colors

    We believe the French bulldogs are simply amazing. We needed to be sure after we spent hours of studying these wonderful exotic tones, we could simply make an honest explanation. We found that blue frenchies color come from a rare gene known as the dilute gene(d) which alters the coat color of frenchies from black to blue (gray) and can also be the cause of the change in their own eye color. For future owners, who don’t know the reality of rare french bulldog colors, and who might be excited by the concept of possessing a ‘unique’ frenchie, it is very important to be informed. We learned during our research that there’s no clear beginning of blue colored frenchies.  There is a variety of breeds that carry this uncommon dilute gene (d) and that’s also the case for French bulldogs.The color that is the most contentious is the Blue French Bulldog which seems grayish in color. There are lots of genetic places in which discover a dog’s color genetically.

    Some fad colors happen to be associated with health states, especially, blues with a state called color dilution alopecia this state is really common in blue dogs of each breed it is usually known as “Blue Dog Alopecia”. This state can lead to long-term skin inflammation and baldness. This inflammation may lead to harms, cracks and skin ruptures, making the dogs afflicted by it, prone to even, or Staph infections MRSA. In certain strains, blue dogs can suffer from an immune connected illness that may cause pups to expire inside the primary couple of weeks after arrival.

    Avoid Merle French Bulldogs and Other Trends

    It’s impossible for a Merle French Bulldogs to be purebred. Greedy and inventive breeders are crossing into other strains that do carry Merle, typically Chihuahuas, to create Merle French Bulldogs. The cross bred pups which can be created are subsequently weeded out to pick the Merle examples, which are bred back to every other. Merle dogs can confront health problems that range from a bunch of structural defects and eye anomalies, deafness, blindness along with increased fetal mortality rates. Until it’s officially recognized, deliberate introduction of merle, a gene that may blind, kill or impair is dangerous to the breed.

    Can French Bulldogs With Rare Colors be Subject to Health Problems?

    The short answer is ‘Yes, but just as traditional frenchies’. French bulldogs health issues are notorious.

    However, the most common French Bulldog “fad”/rare color that causes health conditions is the Blue.

    About a century ago, early breeders of French Bulldogs globally, noticed these factors all, and blacklisted “Blue” frenchies, thus making difficult to conduct official tests on the large scale.

    The most recurring condition is known as Color Dilution Alopecia (it is common for every Blue coat in every breed, not just the French Bulldog). This genetic defect affects how the pigment is distributed in the hair follicles. The abnormal pigment clumps in the hair shaft and changes how light refracts off the pigment causing the coloration of the breed. The “pigment clumping” causes breakages of the hair shafts which causes stunted hair growth, and ultimately leads to hair loss. There is no cure for this, treatments are aimed so that the breeds do not get secondary skin infections that can be caused by this condition, and it is important to note not to use harsh grooming products

    Our advice to anyone thinking about investing in a rare colored French bulldog is to be concerned mainly with the health of the dog rather than the shade and to think about the standing and integrity of the breeder. Head to this article to find out more about AKC breeders.

    It is true that rare colors are desirable, but it is also important to note that coat colorations in any dog can lead to different health conditions. So should we always get what we want?

     

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    Ever Heard Of The Frenchton Dog ?

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    Quite similar to the French Bulldog is the Frenchton dog. They are considered as designer dogs that come from the cross between two dog breeds. They are also small sized dogs that also make as lovely pets. Have you ever heard about them?

    The French Bulldog is quite popular when it comes to smaller dog breeds. Their squashed face pointed ears and tiny body makes them look adorably cute that it can be difficult to resist cuddling them. They make great pets but they can also face some health issues. They are also quite difficult to breed that is why they are considered rare.

    The Frenchton Dog Genetics

    The Frenchton dog is known in a variety of names–Faux French Bulldogs, Boston Frenchie, and Faux Frenchbo Bulldogs just to name a few.

    Unlike the French Bulldog, which is a pure breed, the Frenchton is a mix between a French Bulldog and a Boston Terrier. The combination of the breeds was done in the hopes of being able to produce a healthier cross between the two pure breeds.

    Even if all the puppies come in the same litter, they may not all look alike nor will they have the same characteristics.French Bullevard

    The Frenchton dog produced in the mix is greatly varied. Even if all the puppies come in the same litter, they may not all look alike nor will they have the same characteristics. This is is due to the genetic instability on the Frenchton dog. A breeder cannot be sure about the offsprings of the two breeds produce because there is so much variety to consider.

    In some instances, the Frenchton produced may be healthier than it’s parents but this doesn’t ensure that the offspring of that particular Frenchton will also be all healthy. There is also a possibility that the Frenchton produced from the mix may still face some health issues that the French Bulldog and Boston Terrier also has.

    Characteristics Of A Frenchton Dog

    Frenchton dogs may look differently from one another because of genetic variability. Usually, they are smaller than the French Bulldog and the Boston Terrier and they usually weigh at around 15-20 lbs. Being a cross between two breeds, they share some traits that are similar to their parents. In an ideal setting, they would have a sturdy bone structure, less bulging eyes, short hair, and pointed ears.

     

    The Frenchton dogs are known to have reduced respiratory problems as compared to the French Bulldog and less eye problems as compared to the Boston terrier. Although they may seem healthier than their parents, those who want to get a Frenchton should still prepare for the worst. It is still possible for the Frenchton to have a milder respiratory problem, eye issue, or allergies–all of which can still be quite costly. Also, the early generations of the Frenchtons may not show such health problems but it is possible that their future generations will. They usually have a lifespan of 12-15 years.

    Full of energy and very playful, the Frenchton dog also craves for a human companion. They love to cuddle up to their owners but they also need enough space where they can burn all their energy. Parks are great areas to take them but just make sure that the weather isn’t too hot or too cold because they are also sensitive to very high or very low temperatures.

    Frenchton Dog Height
    15 Inches
    Frenchton Lifespan
    13 years on average
    Frenchton Dog Weight
    20 Pounds
    Frenchton Litter Size
    7 Puppies

    Finding A Frenchton Dog

    There are lots of breeders that have Frenchton puppies available. Proper selection of the breeder should always be done whether you are getting a Frenchton, a French Bulldog, a Boston Terrier, or any dog breed for that matter. By being careful with where you get your adorable companion, you will be able to save money on medical costs for your beloved companion.

    Finding AKC French Bulldog Breeders

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    It is also best that you identify what your dog really is. Some Frenchtons look just like French Bulldogs but they have different requirements, like their exercise requirements. In order to provide what your puppy needs, proper identification is essential.

     

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    An Overview of AKC French Bulldog breeders

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    Have you finally decided to include a French Bulldog as part of your life? That cute smooshed faced dog with bat like ears and a tiny little body looks so adorable, squishy and a joy to hug. Congratulations on your decision on getting a cute addition to your family. Now all you need to do is find a reputable French Bulldog Breeder.

    AKC French Bulldog Breeders

    The internet provides an easy way for us to get the things that we want. It even makes it easier for us to find a French Bulldog that we can adopt or purchase. When looking for a French Bulldog to own, the new AKC Marketplace is your best bet. It is run by AKC or the American Kennel Club themselves and it is the best place online to find healthy and purebred Frenchie puppies.

    Why use the AKC Marketplace?

    The AKC Marketplace was designed to bring together potential dog owners, such as yourself, and responsible breeders. Through this platform, you can search a specific breed of dog–French Bulldog for example–the gender, state and distance.

    AKC Puppy Finder

    This will result to a list of potential breeders and after careful selection, you can talk to the breeders to get more information about the dam and sire of the litter. Information about their DNA, the health test results as well as the titles they have won, if any, can be easily provided to you.

    The best thing about the AKC Marketplace is that they only list litters whose parents are also AKC registered.

    AKC is careful with the breeders that they allow to add litters to the marketplace. AKC inspects the kennels provided by the breeders to their dogs. They also make sure that the dogs are properly cared for and are in good health. With this, they have created breeder programs that in which breeders can apply to so that all their efforts and passion in caring for their dogs can be recognized by the public.

    AKC Breeders Categories

    A breeder may be recognized as a Club Member, Bred with H.E.A.R.T. , or Breeder of Merit.

    Club Member

    This category is for Breeders who are members of AKC-licensed or member clubs. For more than 133 years, the American Kennel Club has been a “club of clubs,” comprised of over 500 AKC Member Clubs and almost 5,000 AKC-Affiliated clubs. An AKC Club Member breeder upholds that tradition by being an active contributor to success of their club.

    Bred with H.E.A.R.T.

    This category is for Breeders who have met specific health testing standards and participate in continuing education. A breeder from this category certifies that they conduct the Health Test Requirements recommended by their breed’s Parent Club and must complete AKC-approved or AKC-provided on-line or in-person educational courses, seminars or conferences each year.

    Breeder of Merit

    This category is for Breeders who demonstrate a commitment to the AKC community, dedication to their breed(s), and actively promote the sport of purebred dogs. Breeders in this category have demonstrated a significant commitment to the AKC community and their breed(s) and are active participants in canine sports (e.g. Conformation, Agility, Obedience). To be eligible for the BOM program, a breeder must be a member of an AKC club; been involved in canine sports for a minimum of 5 years, for which at least 4 dogs they’ve bred have earned titles; and certify that they perform the health screens recommended by their breed’s Parent Club.

    Other Platforms For French Bulldog Breeders

    The AKC Marketplace is not the only site online where you can find French Bulldog breeders, you can also find them in other sites such as PuppyFind, Dogs Oodle marketplace, Hoobly, and Adopt a Pet. Here is our short review about the following sites:

    PuppyFind

    Although there are reputable breeders who have listings in it, there are still many irresponsible breeders too. It is possible to get a French Bulldog there but you can never be sure about it’s breed, it’s health condition and how it was taken care of. Even if you get lucky and find a healthy dog from an irresponsible breeder, others may not be as lucky as you. If irresponsible breeders continue to earn profit, they won’t stop running their dog mills.

    Find out More: PuppyFind

    Dogs Oodle

    It is also possible to find breeders of French Bulldogs in Dogs Oodle. It is possible that there are responsible and reputable breeders, but beware because there are a lot of scammers especially in the pet section. A lot have been complaining about buying a dog and waiting for it to be shipped but it doesn’t come. There are many who send convincing emails about being a legit puppy seller but end up just taking the money.

    Find out More: Dogs Odle

    Hoobly

    This is another site where listings for puppies can be found but pet lovers beware. The dogs here may not be what they seem to be. Some may look like a French Bulldog but isn’t necessarily one. In some cases, the so-called-breeders even send out a different breed of puppy. They may offer at very low prices and may claim that the pups are registered but they are not. Be very careful.

    Find out More: Hoobly

    Adopt a Pet

    Adopt a Pet is another place online to find a French Bulldog. It is a non-profit pet adoption website that enlists pets in shelters and rescues. Just remember that the pets you find at the shelters or rescues are not always at the best of health. You also need to go to the shelter or rescue immediately to make sure you get the pet before another potential owner does.

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    French Bulldog vs Boston Terrier

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    Some people have asked which one of these two breeds is the best.
    We say LOL – they are both absolutely gorgeous and we would want to have both if we could. But we realize that sometimes you must just choose one (to begin with!).
    So how do they compare?

     

    French Bulldog: Cost of ownership

    Like all purebreds, puppies can cost upwards of $2,000 depending on pedigree. A Champion Bred puppy can be up to $4,000 or more. Because they can be difficult to breed and the average litter size is just three puppies, Frenchies can be more expensive than other small breeds. It is very important to buy your puppy from a breeder, and not from some random online ad or Craigslist. This is because your dog may be predisposed to health problems, while professional breeders will have measures in place to prevent potentially unhealthy dogs from reaching the marketplace.

    Boston Terrier: Cost of ownership

    Cost is from $1,000 to $2,000 from AKC registered breeders and you should only buy from a registered breeder if at all possible, for the same health reasons as Frenchies. Boston Terriers, like all short-faced breeds, can develop health issues, and professional breeders will not sell you a puppy that may be predisposed to them. Like all dogs, Bostons need feeding, training, boarding during vacations and veterinary care. You should budget about $2,000 annually and expect the occasional exceptional item if they develop any health issues.

    French Bulldog: Size and Weight

    Frenchies are a small, stocky breed. Average height at the shoulder is about 12 inches. Their weight is pretty consistent from 22 to 28 pounds. See the French Bulldog Size Chart

    Boston Terrier: Size and Weight

    Also a small breed, the average height at the shoulders is usually approximately 15 to 17 inches. Typically the full grown weight can be anything from 12 to 25 pounds

    French Bulldog: What is their lifespan

    Sources vary but the life expectancy of a Frenchie is generally 10 to 12 years.

    Boston Terrier: What is their lifespan

    The life expectancy of a Boston Terrier is generally stated as anything from 13 to 15 years

    French Bulldog: What exercise do they need

    One of the great benefits of owning a Frenchie is that they do not demand a great deal of exercise, unlike most other breeds. A brief daily walk is often sufficient, or better still, two walks.

    Boston Terrier: What exercise do they need

    They are very active dogs that adore fun and games, especially chasing balls. This gives them plenty of exercise if you have garden or a convenient local park. They do need exercise to burn off all that excess energy.

    French Bulldog: Coat and Shedding

    Frenchies are a short-haired breed, with finely textured, close and smooth fur. They demonstrate just about average shedding according to most owners. A good shampooing with a natural shampoo once every two weeks helps greatly in reducing shedding and maintains a lovey, shiny and healthy looking coat. Regular gentle brushing is also recommended and is gat fun in any case.

    Boston Terrier: Coat and Shedding

    Bostons have short and smooth fur and do not shed very much. Their coloring, especially the black and white ones, often resembles a gentleman in a tuxedo. They are also quite hypoallergenic (don’t irritate people with allergies). Good quality dog food, weekly brushing and a monthly bath with a natural shampoo all go a very long way towards minimizing shedding.

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    French Bulldog: Health issues

    Like all short-faced breeds, Frenchies may develop breathing difficulties and it’s vital to keep them in a temperature-controlled environment. They cannot control their body temperature through panting like other breeds do and a hot environment is very bad for them. They are also prone to back and joint problems. Don’t let this put you off owning one of these absolutely adorable dogs but do factor in some veterinary costs into the overall lifelong cost of ownership. Learn More about the cost of maintenance for French Bulldogs

     

    Boston Terrier: Health issues

    They can suffer from a dislocated knee (patellar luxation), which is a genetic condition of the breed. This may require surgery and is rarely so severe as to be life-threatening. Bostons can also suffer from eye problems, like cataracts. Because their protruding eyes can easily pick up dust particles, this can cause irritation or even more serious issues. A regular veterinary checkup is highly recommended to enable early detection of any health issues. Having said that, it is equally likely that your pet may never suffer from any of these complaints and it should not put you off owning one of these lovable companions.

    French Bulldog: Personality, Temperament and Barking

    Frenchies are fast becoming the companion animal of choice for people living in cities and apartments. They were specially bred for companionship and are one of the friendliest and least threatening of all breeds. They become very attached to their human family and really do not like being left on their own for long periods. Each one has a distinct personality but generally they are good natured, smiling and happy dogs. They tend to want to do their own thing, which can be highly amusing but also means that they do not take well to training. Barking is rarely a problem and don’t depend on them to become reliable guard dogs. But if they do bark, it means something really is up.

    Boston Terrier: Personality, Temperament and Barking

    They are totally family dogs, great with kids and other dogs, and excellent companion dogs for the elderly too. Everybody, animal or human, is treated as a potential new friend. They are outgoing, enthusiastic and attention-loving and very rarely aggressive. They love playing ball and other games. Of course, they all have different personalities that range from totally outgoing to placid and almost dignified. Boston Terriers are intelligent and fairly easily trained while still puppies and respond well to praise and encouragement. While they are good guard dogs, and will alert you if somebody is at the door, they are not noisy dogs and do not bark too much.
    Both are short-faced breeds and much prefer cooler or air conditioned homes, which makes breathing easier for them. Both also have their own unique personality characteristics that make them both lovable and ideal pets. Frenchies require less exercise and are ideal apartment dogs, which Bostons have a lovely exuberance and energy that makes them great for families. Either way, you cannot go wrong by choosing either of these most adorable and affectionate breeds.

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    How to Prevent French Bulldog Health Problems

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    This most lovable Frenchies breed may occasionally present health issues typical of breeds that have been interbred for many centuries. However, this is not a cause for alarm. Every breed has its own health peculiarities

    As long as you are aware of some of the most common issues with the health of Frenchies, and take some very obvious precautions, the chances are that you and your pet will have an issue-free and happy lifetime together.

    Because all breeds with a “flat” face may face some breathing difficulties (This is also applicable to the Boston Terrier), it means that Frenchies find it difficult to regulate their body temperature. Dogs pant when they are warm, to ventilate their bodies more efficiently. Frenchies cannot breathe in and out with the rapidity of other breeds, and so do take care not to leave them in environments that are too warm.

    Similarly, the very short fur of their coats means that they feel the cold acutely and must be well wrapped up when going for winter walks.

    OK – so these are the two most obvious potential problems, but ones that you can very easily manage.

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      French Bulldog health problems

      All dogs have what is often called a “third eyelid”. This provides fluids and moisture to the eyes. Like many breeds, French bulldog eyes can sometimes develop an issue with this, which we discuss later. But it is not generally a big deal and can be easily dealt with either by you or your specialist and usually without the need for surgery.

      French bulldog ears can acquire infections just like any other dog. Whether they stand up like Batman ears, or softer lolling rose ears is irrelevant. There are several reasons why your Frenchies might get ear problems. Anything from their environment, a food allergy, or simply not having their ears cleaned often enough. Ask your vet for advice and some ear cleaning products as well as a quick lesson on how to clean your Frenchie’s ears.

      Some people ask “do Frenchies shed?” Every dog sheds some fur but Frenchies do not shed excessively usually. A daily brush with a soft brush and a weekly bath with a very gentle natural shampoo will help to reduce any tendency to shed.

      Frenchies size weight and height

      Another thing you might be wondering about French bulldogs is how big do they get?. A full grown French bulldog is a stocky, compact little dog that will grow to about one foot tall (12 inches / 30 cm) at the shoulder and reach a weight of 19 to 28 pounds (9 to 13 kg) depending on the strain and breeding. There’s no such thing as a miniature French bulldog – the breed is small to begin with, which makes it very suitable for apartment dwellers.

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      This chart represents the average french bulldog weight. The orange area is generally where most frenchies should be.

      The orange area represents the average weight of French Bulldogs.

      Life expectancy and health issues of Frenchies

      All breeds have an average life expectancy and lifespan. The old adage of 1 human year = 7 dog years means your Frenchie’s lifespan is about 84 to 91 human years (12 to 13 years) depending on what source you refer to, which is not far off the average across all dog breeds. The life expectancy of your French bulldog does depend on its health, and any animal can succumb to a number of unpleasant and unwanted conditions.

      Breeding, birthing and litters

      You may wonder how many puppies French bulldogs have. The average litter size is 3 to 5 puppies. Next question often is, can French bulldogs breed naturally? And the answer is not really. The hips of the male are not designed for doggy lovemaking and artificial means are almost always used to ensure conception in the dam. For French bulldog birth, the lady is almost always delivered by caesarean section. This is one of the causes of the high prices set by breeders, for puppy Frenchies. It answers the question: why Frenchies cost so much? Read our article about AKC French Bulldog Breeders, or our in-depth explanation of their cost: Why French Bulldogs are expensive.

      Common French bulldog health problems

      As we said previously, there are some important aspects that are relevant to this breed but once you are aware of them, perform normal and adequate preventative measures (e.g. avoid excessive heat or cold), then you will be well on top of the situation. Here are some other things to watch for:

      French bulldog Ears

      French bulldog floppy ears are seen by some as a charming attribute while others prefer ears to be upright in the Batman mode. In fact, English and American breeders almost came to blows over this several hundred years ago. Pay no attention to this. Sometimes your Frenchie will have one ear up and the other floppy. We think this is adorable.

      French bulldog Eyes

      French bulldog cherry eye is not unique to this breed. Every dog has a so-called third eyelid that is vital for keeping their eyes moist. Sometimes this becomes detached from its normal anchorage and slips out (prolapsed) looking like a red protuberance in the corner of the eye. Seek veterinary advice should this happen, but it’s not serious and can be easily rectified.

      French bulldog Breathing & Nose

      French bulldog dry nose is not unique to this breed but does frequently occur. It used to be said that a dry nose in a dog indicated sickness but this is certainly not always the case. However, it can be extremely irritating for your Frenchie. Very often it is caused by some allergen but it can take some time and patience to isolate the cause. See what your vet advises in the first instance, and some cream applications may be recommended to alleviate the symptoms.

      French bulldog snoring is totally natural, and is just a lovable trait. You will quickly learn to live with it and it’s never too intrusive or loud. Breathing problems in your French bulldog are common to all interbred and flat faced breeds – but they often are not problematic. A daily walk helps to clear the airwaves but do take your Frenchie to the vet if breathing difficulties seem to persist.

      French bulldog Back Problem

      French bulldog hip dysplasia is genetic, and even the biggest canine breeds can suffer from it. It’s related to an abnormal joint structure in the hips and is often evidenced by a reluctance to climb stairs or difficulty in simply getting up. It can cause lameness and impaired mobility along with pain.

      French bulldog Teeth

      French Bulldog teeth – Like all short-faced dogs, your Frenchie may be prone to gum disease (periodontal disease), which could lead to bad breath or even pain. Dental dog chews, or even regular brushing is the best approach, and regular check-ups at your vet will help to identify any potential issues.

      French bulldog Skin issues

      French bulldogs may develop an itchy skin or other skin problems. Their scratching is a totally natural reaction but you should ask your vet for advice initially because there can be many causes and specialist guidance is always better to achieve a fast solution than trial and error by yourself.

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      How Much Do French Bulldogs Cost?

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      Why are French Bulldogs so expensive?

      The main reason why a puppy French Bulldogs cost so much is because it is expensive to breed them in general. Many French Bulldogs are incapable of mating naturally, so they have to go through a process of artificial insemination. Everything is dependent on the vet and area, but typically the process is long, and onerous.

      In the US, French bulldogs cost at least $2,000 to $3,000 depending on the breeder’s geographic locationFrench Bullevard
      In the US, French bulldogs cost at least $2,000 to $3,000 depending on the breeder’s geographic location. First, is the process with the female, making sure to have proper timing. To ensure this there needs to be multiple tests, blood levels, vaginal smears, undergoing fertility treatments, etc…the list goes on for how much it takes for the female to be prepared for artificial insemination. The male cost can be close to a couple hundred dollars for whether or not the semen is to be inseminated fresh, frozen, chilled, etc…it can be cheaper to do this with a local male French Bulldog, but can be more expensive if doing this cross states/countries.

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      Then to add those expenses there is also an expense for having the puppies delivered, most French Bulldogs have to go through a c-section since the puppies heads are so large that they cannot pass easily through the birthing canal. Majority of French Bulldog’s have an average litter of about three puppies as well, which is another reason for the cost inflation.

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      French Bulldogs’ Price Range

      These vary from breeder to breeder, but you should always look at if they are AKC registered French Bulldog breeders. This way you can ensure that they are quality dogs, meaning they do not breed with what is known as the “fad”/rare coat colors that are going about. If they do sell the “fad”/rare coats it is because the litter was born with a gene defect, which can happen. This is simply recommended for the health of the dogs, there are some breeders that probably maintain a good reputation without an AKC registered dog. Majority of French Bulldogs range from $2000-$3000, it is good to look between this range, anything inflated could mean that they are selling “fad”/rare coat puppies.

      French Bulldogs’ Costs of Maintenance

      There are pet basics to owning a dog in general, like the cost of dog food, the yearly vaccinations, cost for toys, dog crate, leash, collar and now jewelry gifts :). Yet, there can be some hidden expenses if the dog has some abnormalities. There are some dogs that have allergies, while others do not. The French Bulldog usually has health concerns with:

      Heart diseases
      Risk of Heart diseases
      Eye diseases
      Risk of Eye diseases
      Spinal Disorders
      Risk of Spinal Disorders
      Joint Diseases
      Risk of Joint Diseases
      Breathing Problem
      Risk of Breathing Problem

      This isn’t abnormal since most dogs typically can have these kinds of issues, some more than others. Since the French Bulldog is flat faced they usually have what is known as brachycephalic airway syndrome, which is where they have breathing problems which often need to be fixed with surgery if the dog absolutely can’t breathe. They usually cannot handle excessive exercise or heat because of the way that they breathe, it is important to keep note if the dogs breathing worsens. Other than that French Bulldogs are typically very healthy.

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      Homeless Pup Turned Food Connoisseur

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      Any pet lover loves to hear about a great story of an animal in need with a happy ending. So, when we hear about one that tugs at our heart strings it is hard not to share it. Well, thanks to the magic of Instagram, stories like this one can be shared with anyone and attract national media coverage. Although the abundance of stories can paradoxically become boring, some stories get shared more than others.
      Just recently there was a great story about a homeless dog by found by an Ivy Diep. She found the poor little cutie wandering the streets of Los Angeles. She took him in and affectionately named him Popeye. The longer she had him she realized that he loved to be around food. Whenever she would have him around food, he would take on some great model positions (@Kumi is so jealous). Making him an instant photo star!

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      Ivy then started taking him with her to restaurants and eateries that were pet-friendly. She set up an Instagram account for him as well called Popeye the Foodie Dog. His pictures have been shared all over the internet and people have just fell in love with him over and over. Many assume that he is like many other dogs that would take the chance at trying every bit of food he can. However, he is just happy to sit there and enjoy the show!

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      This is a great story to show that homeless pets can make great pets. If you are thinking about getting a new pet, you can always consider adoption. They have as much love to give as any other pet!

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      Dog Clothing History: From Ghengis Khan to Galliano

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      There is a common misconception that dog clothing, and accessorizing your canine companion is a current trend. The assumption is that dog clothing all started in the early 00’s, and with the huge commercial push around this time, it’s easy to see where that thought came from. What if we told you woman and man’s best friend has been keeping up with current fashion since as early as the Egyptian pre-dynastic period? This means that for as long as humans have lived with dogs, we have shared our food, shelter and fashion sense with them.

      What were your dog’s ancestors wearing?

      The simplest accessory, the collar, started showing up first in ancient Egypt. Collars were sometimes velvet, silk or other expensive and hard to find materials. Another common trend was to stamp leather collars with scenes from the dog’s life. Can you imagine ordering a collar depicting the time Max ate a whole turkey off the counter? Most prized ancient Egyptian dogs were hunting dogs, so their scenes probably looked a little different than what their descendants are up to.

      Around the same time, collars in ancient China were bejeweled and up to trend. King Cuo of Zhongshan’s dog was found buried with him in a collar of solid gold with silver and turquoise accents.  While it functioned as a collar, its appearance was closer to a necklace.

      Moving on to ancient Rome, the Molussus or the ancestor of our mastiffs, was a well trained war dog.  The most talented war dogs would be fitted with a suit of armor to match their Roman owners. This seems to be the time period and area that originated the spiked collar. Unlike the hilarious spiked collar you have for your bulldog, these were sharpened and deadly. Sometimes they would just make the entire armor set covered in spikes.

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      Besides the military dogs, pets also enjoyed custom accessories. Julius Caesar himself had to address the public about spending more time and money on their dogs than their children. The most famous, “The Pompeii Dog”, was found preserved in the ash of Mount Vesuvius.  He wore a collar depicting him saving his owner from a wolf attack. I don’t remember any children saving their parents from wolves.

      If your dog’s ancestors are from Japan, they likely enjoyed whatever accessories their family could afford. Samurais would outfit their dogs with their own matching samurai armor.

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      The practice grew in popularity until clothing and accessories were manufactured for pets and family dogs. Well loved dogs may even own a set of very expensive ceremonial armor.

      The royal courts of Europe came into the dog couture scene with coats, necklaces and collars. Beautifully preserved in paintings, dogs wear stunning displays of jewels, fabrics and precious metals.  The most famous dog fashionista of the time belonged to King Louis XI.  Cher Ami, or “Beloved Friend”, wore a collar of scarlet velvet with 20 pearls and 11 rubies.

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      War dogs and their armor were popular through the middle ages in Europe and with the Spanish conquistadors in the new world. Unfortunately, many of the atrocities Christopher Columbus committed were with the help of armored war dogs. Makes picking up a sweater for your winter challenged best friend seem pretty harmless right?

      During the same time period, but back in Europe, the renaissance revitalized Europe.  Dog fashion also benefited from the improved quality of life and ingenuity. Similar to today’s collar sporting custom tags, in renaissance times the collar was used to deter theft.
      A lock was placed on the collar and only the owner had the key. These locks would be decorated and family specific, making them easy to identify in case someone stole the dog.  

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      Owning a dog finally became affordable to the middle class, and accessories started to be manufactured from more common materials

      When photography was invented in the 1800s, some of the first subjects were well-dressed dogs. We start seeing dogs dressed as humans, and other more current day trends.  Functional accessories still exist, but in addition to armor, we start to see winter and rain coats. Dog clothing really took off with the industrialization of Europe. Along with the mass produced, we start seeing the first dog boutiques in Paris.

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      Hundreds of years later, we must give credit where credit is due, there was a huge burst in the dog fashion industry in the early 00s. The internet and mass production made picking up a matching Christmas sweater for your basset hound incredibly affordable. Watching celebrities like Paris Hilton carry their decked out Chihuahua around either made you love the idea or hate it, but she certainly wasn’t the first or most creative person to accessorize their dog.

      For 12,000 years we’ve made sure our dogs are fashion forward. So, the next time someone asks you about your pooch’s Duchesse Jewelry, tell them he’s just keeping the family tradition.

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